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Support for Working Parents

The Office of Faculty Wellness is here to support you as you adjust to your life as a faculty member and parent.

Becoming a parent is exciting and rewarding; however, it can shift your daily wellness in unexpected ways as you cope with mixed emotions and try not to lose yourself in the process. Learning how to balance the personal responsibilities of parenthood with your professional responsibilities can be challenging and the transition back to work can be difficult. From explaining available benefits and parental policies to helping you prioritize your multiple responsibilities, we are here to help!

Child Care and Parenting Resources

The Office of Faculty Wellness serves as a personal concierge to our faculty to help maximize our wellness offerings. UT Southwestern offers faculty:

Parent Transition Back to Work Support

Jaime Harry, LCSW, Faculty Wellness Program liaison, will support you to ensure that you transition smoothly back into the workplace. She will highlight that you are not alone and will assist you in maintaining or developing the solid connections you need as a new parent. She will meet with you to help you find your way as you balance your professional and personal goals.

Common topics:

  • Work-life integration
  • Time management
  • Making time for yourself
  • Post-partum depression
  • Delegation
  • Household responsibilities
  • Single parenting
  • Divorce and parenting
  • Setting boundaries
  • Imposter Syndrome
  • Anxiety
  • Dual-income households and balance
  • Fatherhood
  • Work-life balance
  • Multiple children
  • Special needs

What is the time commitment?

Balancing work, personal needs, and parenthood can be a lot to juggle as a new parent and we want to alleviate any added stress, so we will come to you! We can meet virtually, in-person, at your office, or over coffee, lunch, or snacks. You choose the space! The initial 1-hour meeting includes information about benefits, faculty wellness-room, lactation support, mental health and well-being support, and concierge-like service to career development and personal resources across campus. After that first meeting, you and Jaime will create a wellness plan for your first 3 months after returning to campus. We’re here for you!

Is information shared in parenting support sessions confidential?

All support sessions will be kept confidential and will not be shared with anyone. If there are concerns for your safety or the safety of others or if you share information about sexual misconduct that requires reporting under Title IX, these will first be discussed with you then be reported as required by university policy. Pre and post survey data will be kept de-identified for program evaluation assessment and to study the effects of parenting support on faculty well-being.

What other options do I have for support?

Are you a faculty parent interested in support?

Request Support as a Working Parent

Contact Us

Jaime Harry

Jaime Harry

Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Wellness Program Liaison

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